COMPETITION HEATS UP AS EWC HEADS FOR GREECE
Ready for the halfway stage in the series, the Enduro World Championship paddock makes a long awaited return to Serres in Greece for round four.
After his knee injury in Portugal’s KTM Super Test, everybody thought it would be difficult for Christophe Nambotin to fight against his E1 rivals during the weekend. But that wasn’t the case. Starting Saturday with another crash, he was forced to let TM’s Eero Remes get the win.
On Sunday he came back stronger to win again and regain points lost. So who can really stop Christophe Nambotin in Greece? Even if the Finn’s already counting two victories in 2015, it’ll be hard for him to get closer to Nambotin in the overall standings if the KTM rider stays healthy.
Behind the TM rider, neither Danny McCanney (Husqvarna), Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha), Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) or Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) and Simone Albergoni (Kawasaki) seem able to cause him trouble. However, we expect these five riders to be offering some great fights for the final step of the podium.
In Enduro 2, Antoine Meo (KTM) might now have a lead of 19 points over Pela Renet (Husqvarna) and 20 points over Alex Salvini (Honda), but in Portugal he wasn’t as dominant as the two previous rounds.
Suffering from some injuries at the start of the season, Renet could return to the top spot in Serres in his battle to close the gap with his fellow Frenchman. From his side, Salvini seems to be gaining momentum, certainly rejuvenated from his victory in Gouveia. Meo will also have to keep an eye on Johnny Aubert (Beta).
Despite his DNF in Portugal, the Beta rider really wants to prove he can finish on the podium in a city where he was crowned world champion in 2009. Moreover, Aubert will have to give it his all as two young guns are pushing hard just behind him – Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) and Loïc Larrieu (Sherco). Both shown great consistency in their results in Spain and Portugal and will give everything to do better before the end of the season. Also watch out for Victor Guerrero (KTM) and Oriol Mena (Beta.
In Enduro 3 Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) may still be leading the standings but Matti Seistola (Sherco) is only 4 points behind. Matthew Phillips (KTM) after his double victory in Gouveia has closed the gap to only 12 points. Bellino will have to win in order to keep his lead against Seistola who’s “on a mission” and Phillips who’s now back on top form. Add in Aigar Leok (TM), Manuel Monni (TM), Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas), Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) and Luis Corriea (Beta) and you get a minimum of eight riders fighting for the podium.
Finally, it’s going to be an intense weekend in the Juniors class too. Overall leader Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) is clearly threatened by Giacomo Redondi (Beta), Alessandro Battig (Honda) and also the revelation of 2015 Steve Holcombe (Beta).
In FIM Youth Cup 125cc, Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) and Mikael Persson (Yamaha) should offer another outstanding duel.
After five years of waiting everyone’s looking forward to this Maxxis GP of Greece in Serres.